Maternity year in review 2021/22

Future name announced as we reflect on past achievements of our maternity programme

by Communications team

Today we can announce the name of the organisation that will take forward the work of our maternity investigation programme. At the same time, we publish our maternity ‘year in review’ report, highlighting the achievements of the maternity investigation programme in 2021-22.

New organisation

The name of the new organisation is the Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations Special Health Authority (MNSI).

In April 2023 HSIB will transform into two bodies: MNSI and the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB).

Year in review

The HSIB maternity investigation programme year in review 2021/22 gives an overview of activity during the last year, themes arising from investigations and plans for the future including MNSI.

Highlights over the last year include:

  • 706 reports completed
  • a 9-percentage point reduction in the number of babies with an abnormal MRI or evidence of neurological damage, from babies referred in 2020/21 compared to 2019/20 (where consent to access medical records was given)
  • more than 1,740 safety recommendations to NHS trusts addressing a wide range of issues
  • introduction of a newsletter to support NHS trusts to share the improvements they have made in response to safety recommendations - this is providing learning opportunities across England and beyond.
Sandy Lewis
Sandy Lewis, Associate Director of Maternity Investigation Programme

Improving maternity care

Sandy Lewis, Associate Director of Maternity Investigation Programme, says: “As our maternity investigation programme transforms into MNSI, we’re using the opportunity to ensure we learn from the last four years. You can read about recent achievements in our year in review report.

“Regardless of our name, we’ll continue to work closely with patients and families, NHS trusts and our colleagues in the maternity system to improve maternity care and bring about lasting change across the NHS. We’ve added ‘newborn’ to our name to highlight the important role that neonatal care provides.”

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